Will Power

By A.J. Hartley

While at the run from Empire guards, Will Hawthorne and his band of thieves are transported to a mysterious land that none of them realize or know tips on how to get domestic from. seems that they have got landed correct in the course of a conflict among goblins and people. Their human allies are essentially storybook opposite numbers to the tough varieties they knew in Stavis, talking in high-flown prose, dressed to the peak of style, and dripping with wealth and social propriety. Will's partners are relatively taken via those nice fogeys, however the reasonable people are appalled by way of Will's unorthodoxy.

At first Will does no matter what he can to aim to squirm into their solid graces, yet simply while his efforts are feeling absolutely futile, he starts off to wonder whether those too-perfect courtiers and warriors have whatever to supply past their glamour and their burning hatred of the goblins. But is there any recourse for Will and his neighbors as soon as it seems that the people who're sheltering them may perhaps not be at the correct facet of their everlasting conflict?

Will strength is a humorous and fleet-footed stand-alone fantasy featuring the characters readers grew to like in Act of Will in an all-new event concerning the hazard of first impressions.

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